Street Address
7637 North Shore Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
Mailing Address
7637 North Shore Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
phone: 757-423-2052
fax: 757-423-2410
Guided tours of the Museum and Sloane Collection are conducted daily by our knowledgeable docent staff. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and include fifteen galleries filled with the Sloane family art collection, furniture and history. Tours begin promptly on the hour with the last tour beginning at 4:00pm.
Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. GATES LOCKED PROMPTLY AT 5 PM DAILY
Curator's White Glove Tours
Special guided tours by the Curator of the Collections, Kristin Law, are offered the second Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. and last approximately 60 minutes. This is a special chance to see rooms and artifacts that are not usually viewed by the public. Cost $10.00 non-member, $8.00 member.
Groups of 8 or more interested in tours must make a reservation through the Tours and Events Manager Drop-in tours are accepted, Reservations are preferred
The House that Jack Built Tour
The House that Jack Built is a combination lecture and tour of the museum and some of the ancillary buildings on the twelve-acre site. It will explore how the Hermitage expanded and morphed from a five-room vacation home into the forty-two room structure it is today. The tour is lead by Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director, and is offered the first Saturday of the month.
The program is limited to ten participants. Reservations are required and walkups are not accepted. Reservations will be taken until 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before the scheduled tour. The cost for The House that Jack Built is $40 for non-members and $25 for members.
Through the Garden Gate (Garden Tour)
Through the Garden Gate is a walking tour of the gardens led by Yolima Carr, Curator of Gardens & Grounds. This tour will introduce you to our site’s garden history and many varieties of plants that have a home at The Hermitage. The cost for Through the Garden Gate is $6 for non-members and $4 for members.
Offered from June through August on the Second Saturday of the Month, and alternate Mondays starting June 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Adults- $5.00
$2 Children (Ages 6 -18)
$3 Students
children under 6 - no admission fee
Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director
Tom Allan, Site Coordinator
Yolima Carr, Curator of Gardens & Ground
Kristin Law, Curator of Collections
Karen Perry, Development Manager
Matt Serino, Marketing Manager
Beth Usry, Tour and Events Manager
Dana Thompson, Public Programs Coordinator
Megan Frost, Development and Administrative Assistant


A fine arts museum housed in Tudor style home on 13 acres along the Lafayette River. The Hermitage Foundation Museum is truly a celebration of the arts. Some of the works include Italian and French textiles and laces, English and European ceramics and paintings, hand painted glass from Germany, ivory carvings, Persian rugs, and ritual bronzes and ceramic tomb figures from China.


The Hermitage house was built by William and Florence Sloane, wealthy New Yorkers who came to Hampton Roads in 1895 to operate textile mills. Named “Hermitage,” the house began in 1908 as a five-room summer home but soon became the Sloanes’ principal residence. Under Florence Sloane’s active direction, the Arts and Crafts style house was reoriented and expanded to its final forty-two rooms by 1936.

The Sloanes established the Hermitage Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit corporation, in 1937, as a museum to encourage development of Arts and Crafts and to promote the arts within the community.

Artifacts Collections

William and Florence K. Sloane amassed their collection over a fifty year period and assembled it in an informal manner throughout their 42 room home. 5,000 years of art harmoniously blends with the hand carved oak, walnut and teak interior of the galleries. Among the over 2,800 objects in the Sloane Collection are a Neolithic jade cong, ancient Chinese ceremonial bronzes and mingqi (tomb figures), Indian Chola bronze statues, Spanish religious icons and furniture, European ceramics and paintings, hand painted glass windows from Germany, and American paintings and sculptures. The Sloane Collection is truly a celebration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America.

Educational Programs

Programs offered include a Docent Training Program, Resident Studio Artist Program, Visual Arts School, Summer Camp, Gallery Tours, Specialty Tours, and Gardening Workshops.


Newsletters are printed 3 times a year. An annual report is produced every July and is available through the Hermitage website.

  • Hermitage Press: Hermitage Newsletter
  • Hermitage Annual Report